President of Evaluation Commission Patrick Baumann answers to media during the 4th day of the CIO Evaluation Commission to visit Paris
29 May 2017

The 2024 Olympics: the IOC emphasises the excellence of Paris’ bid

In the context of Paris’ bid for organisation of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, members of the Evaluation Commission mandated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visited the capital between 13 and 16 May. During its visit, the Commission’s Chairman emphasised the “excellence” of the city’s bid and his satisfaction at the wide popular support it enjoyed.
On 13 September this year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet in Lima (Peru) to announce the city selected to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The President of the Republic and Minister of Sport will be there for the occasion.
Between 13 and 16 May, Paris 2024 made a major step forward by welcoming the 13 members of the Evaluation Commission mandated by the IOC. Their visit enabled the French bid to present the Paris 2024 project’s sports sites and facilities and hold a series of technical discussions between members of the Evaluation Commission, the Paris 2024 Public Interest Group and representatives of its founder members:
  • the State,
  • the City of Paris,
  • the Ile-de-France Region,
  • the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF),
  • the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF).
The visit will lead to the drafting of an evaluation report, which will be prepared by the IOC Evaluation Commission and delivered to IOC members on 5 July. This report will be made public and disseminated on the IOC website on the same day it is sent to IOC members.

The French bid’s firm commitments

All bid stakeholders spent three days bringing detailed complements to the three technical files already sent to the IOC, and providing specific practical and operational responses, testifying to the Paris project’s seriousness and high levels of coherence and cohesion.
Commitments and guarantees already expressed were set out in greater detail by various public actors. For the State, principal focuses include:
  • funding,
  • taxation,
  • security,
  • transport,
  • environmental exemplarity.
France’s bid has made the question of the Games’ legacy central to its project, along with the determination to see that all French citizens and territories benefit from it.
At the end of the visit, the members of the Evaluation Commission stated how much they appreciated the major importance the bid assigns to athletes and the sports movement as well as the public authorities’ all-round support for the project. The Commission’s Chairman, Patrick Baumann, emphasised the “excellence” of Paris’ bid and expressed his satisfaction at having been able to observe how much public support it enjoyed.
On 16 May, the country’s full commitment to the project was confirmed by the President of the Republic’s reception of the Evaluation Committee at the Élysée Palace – testifying to the priority this bid has for the whole country, including at the uppermost echelons of the State.

Paris 2024’s strong points

Covered by over 170 French and foreign media, the visit provided bid stakeholders with an opportunity to highlight the Paris project’s essential characteristics and strong points:
  • high density of sites,
  • already existing facilities and infrastructures,
  • high levels of environmental responsibility,
  • a reliable transport network,
  • outstanding cultural heritage,
  • a strong legacy based on values of sustainability, social inclusion through sport, accessibility and solidarity.
Two main dates remain on the bid agenda before the IOC announces the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games’ host city on 13 September 2017:
  • 23 and 24 June: national celebrations of Olympism centring on the Paris 2024 bid, with a particularly spectacular rallying celebration set to take place in Paris,
  • 11 and 12 July: final presentation of the Paris 2024 project to members of the IOC, to take place in Lausanne in the presence of the President of the Republic and the Minister of Sport.
Over the past few months, interministerial thought has also been given to the future Olympic and Paralympic law, with a view to ensuring that the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are organised in full compliance with the Olympic Charter and the host city’s contract.